UAE-based airline group Emirates has launched its first comprehensive environmental report, with the study revealing that the company's carbon dioxide emission efficiency was 26 per cent better than the global airline average through the 2010-11 fiscal year.
According to Emirates, the audited report analysed environmental performance data from a range of activities, including airline operations, dnata's cargo and ground handling businesses and a wide range of commercial activities on the ground, from engineering to catering.
"Emirates takes its commitment to the environment very seriously and strives to be an industry innovator and leader," said Andrew Parker, senior vice-president, public, industry, international and environmental affairs. "The report is more than a snap-snot of the performance of the group, it will act as a future measure of success in all we do.
"Be it the airline, dnata’s passenger handling, or at any of our facilities, Emirates is focused on maximising eco-efficiency to minimise our environmental footprint," he added.
Other highlights of the report showed an airline fuel efficiency figure of 4.12 litres per 100 passenger-kilometre, 3.3m kg of on-board waste recycled by dnata and Emirates Flight Catering, and the opening of the dnata Freight Gate 5 as the first carbon neutral warehouse in the Middle East.